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July 19, 2016

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Injury > Recovery > Training

We are proud and honored to share some insight into training after injury from our very own RADrabbitPRO Brock Moreaux.  It is an honor to help Brock continue his recovery and see him tear up some races later this fall. Enjoy this blog written by Brock himself.

This photo was taken milliseconds before my season ending ankle injury at the Oxy Invite this past May in Los Angeles. In a race where I was sure to check another big accomplishment of breaking 9 min for the 3k Steeplechase off my running list, it all ended quickly with one hard roll of the ankle. Any, and every, runner will tell you that injuries are a huge part of the sport. And now it is my turn to work through injury, learn the life lessons that can be realized only through struggle, and return to the track stronger than before.

Fortunately, it was during this time of struggle, that I first became in contact with rabbit. Although I have never been one to lack motivation in my running career, rabbit has been a HUGE motivation to shake off the runner injury blues, and get back to the grind. It is always amazing to me just how much fitness a runner can lose in such a short period of time. Consistently training for 10 months straight, and then taking 10 days off for an injury, and you are, all of a sudden, back at square 1. However, it is also amazing to me how quickly you can bounce back from that loss of fitness! A great reminder of this to me was my 4:05 PR road mile at the State Street Mile after just 2.5 weeks back training from my ankle injury. My training and recovery from my injury on May 7 to now has consisted of:

I sometimes prefer to express my feelings with pictures rather than words, so here is a great picture to portray my last few months of training since injury :)

The recovery is always a struggle. But when you are injured you learn to never take for granted a day that you are able to get your runs in, which is what I am reminded of every day. Since my injury, I have had a slow buildup back with weekly mileage of: 

Week 1: 13

Week 2: 43

Week 3: 44

Week 4: 49

Week 5: 51

Week 6: 59

Week 7: 64

Week 8: 70

I will continue to build up this mileage slowly to the 90-100s to prepare for my half-marathon debut at the Chevron Houston Half in January. I do not have a schedule set in stone right now, but I do plan on racing at least once a month to keep those competitive juices flowing! Until them, the grind continues!

Thank you to my coach and all of my family, friends, supporters, and sponsors! I look forward to continuing to share my running success with you!

- Brock Moreaux

 

 


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Rachel
Rachel

July 19, 2016

Hello Brock!

My name is Rachel Sorna and I just joined the RADrabbitPRO team! I am a steeplechaser too and, like you, have experienced the heartbreak that is an ankle injury in the pit. Mine came in June of 2014, just after NCAAs where I finished 4th. Two laps in, I came down wrong in the pit and WHAM, I was toast. My ankle blew up like a balloon. I couldn’t walk without a limp for 3 weeks, couldn’t run for 6. A year later my ankle still wasn’t fully healed; a disastrous attempt at a steeple showed me that. It was only this past Spring that I was finally able to complete a successful 3K steeple, but I had to overcome a huge mental block in order to get there. There was a time in there where I seriously thought I might never steeple again, but thankfully I was able to get back at it.

I’m really sorry to hear that your season was cut short, but I’m also very happy to hear that you are back running after only 10 days. I know that those days did still set you back, and that must have been frustrating, but it sounds like you are well on your way to making a full recovery. My one piece of advice for when you go to do your first water jump next year: don’t hesitate, don’t think about it, just do it. Your body will know what to do. Don’t let your mind get in the way.

Good luck with your half-marathon in January! I did my first one in April at the USATF Half Marathon Champs and although it was tough, it was an awesome experience. Being that you are a fellow steeplerchaser, I have full confidence that you have the toughness required to rock it :)

Anyway, thanks for sharing your story!

Best,
Rachel

Dahrie Koenig
Dahrie Koenig

July 19, 2016

Awesome Brock! Always have been a determined young man, and your commitment just continues! Follow your dreams and while doing so enjoy the moments! Proud of you!!!

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